Natural bone beads are a great way to reflect on the Buddhist teachings of impermanence in your daily practice.
This 108 mala from Kathmandu features natural yak bone that has been hand carved into beads with the ends lightly polished.
They serve as a reminder to live in the present moment; because nothing is permanent, everything is possible.
A note about bone beads: In the Himalayas, it is typical for large animals such as yak or water buffalo to be used for service, food, clothing, and ritual items. Given the limited amount of resources and the religious practices of the people in the region, it is important that none of the animal goes to waste. These amazing bone beads are handcrafted by artisans who recycle and reuse everything in daily life and spiritual practice.
Mala measures approximately 27 inches around. Beads are about 13mm.
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